Find over 140 organizations that accept donations of toys, household goods, clothing, pet supplies, and other items at: http://www.cuyahogaswd.org/en-US/pass-it-on.aspx.
Each Residence is Provided a Wheeled Cart
Each residence is provided a wheeled cart that holds all of their recyclables which include paper, plastics, glass, steel and aluminum cans.
This container can be easily wheeled to the curb. An automated collection truck will provide a weekly pick up and the recyclables will be taken directly to a materials recovery facility.
All of your recyclables should be placed in the Blue Cart. This is known as single stream recycling. Your cart should be wheeled close to the curb with the metal bar facing the street. Do not place the cart within three (3) feet of any obstruction such as a telephone pole, fire hydrant, rubbish cart, etc. If the cart is placed next to an obstruction the truck will not be able to lift the cart to empty it.
The move to automated single stream recycling makes it easier for our residents to recycle while at the same time lowering our operational costs significantly. Our savings is well over $100,000 per year since inception in 2008.
We are working very hard to lower costs and still provide excellent services. Please do your part and follow the guidelines for this program.
The City's current recycling agreement allows us to accept the following items, place these items in the Blue Cart:
- Metal food & beverage cans - emptied & rinsed
- Glass food & beverage bottles & jars - emptied & rinsed (any color, replace lids)
- Plastic bottles and jugs (no motor oil bottles) - emptied, rinsed and replace cap
- Paper & cardboard (no shredded paper)
Plastics We Recycle - Place Loosely into Blue Cart:
- Plastic bottles and jugs - If it is not shaped like a bottle or jug, with an opening or a neck that's narrower than the body, place it in the regular rubbish.
Plastics We Do Not Recycle - Put into Rubbish Cart:
There are plastics we do not recycle because there are no markets for the material, and the materials recovery facility will not accept them.
Do not recycle the following plastics:
- All plastics other than bottles & jugs
- Plastic bags, film or wrap - (Plastic bags wrap around the wheels of machinery at the materials recovery facility, which eventually shuts down the facility.)
- Plastic, single-use cups or berry and produce containers. These thermoform plastics are brittle and break apart while moving through the facility.)
- Flower pots. Empty plastic flower pots, packs and flats should be reused or placed in the rubbish for disposal.
- Plastic blister packaging. These thermoform plastics are brittle and break apart while moving through the recycling plant. The loose pieces will end up contaminating the glass or paper.
- Styrofoam packaging, Styrofoam cups and Styrofoam food containers.
- Plastic utensils
- Plastic Buckets or Pails - Consider reuse before placing into the rubbish
- Clothes hangers (plastic and metal)
- Empty motor oil and antifreeze jugs. These containers may have residue of the hazardous materials they held and should be placed in the rubbish, for proper disposal.
In addition to newspapers, magazines, catalogs, and corrugated cardboard, you can use the Blue Recycling Cart to recycle these paper products:
- Pizza boxes
- Junk Mail
- Paper grocery bags
- Office and computer paper
- Phone and paper backed books
- Cereal and cracker boxes
- Soda Cases etc.
- Paper egg cartons
- Magazines (including glossy print)
There Are Certain Papers That We Cannot Recycle:
- Wax coated boxes (i.e. milk cartons, juice boxes)
- Wet or soiled paper and cardboard
- Shredded paper
- Hard bound books
Single Stream Recycling Tips:
- Flatten your cardboard boxes and place them inside your recycling cart. If your cart is full and you have more cardboard please flatten and cut down to a 3' x 3' size, tied into manageable bundles and place next to your cart.
- Do not put plastic bags in your recycling cart.
- Flattening boxes, cans and plastic bottles will save space in your cart for other recyclables.
- Do not put rubbish, pet waste or yard waste in your Blue Recycling Cart.
☛ Carts containing rubbish or yard waste will not be collected! ☚
Most Common Recycling Errors:
- Using recycling cart for rubbish.
- Putting recycling in old buckets, bins or rubbish cans that we assume is rubbish.
- Not putting or placing recycling in a separate area - please place at least three feet from obstacles or other containers.
- Not cleaned or rinsed out - no food residue
- No window glass, ceramic dishes or cups.
- No small appliances - coffee makers, toasters, etc.
- No plastic buckets, bins, pails, rubbish cans, broken laundry baskets, rubbish can lids, milk crates, pop cases, etc.
- No Styrofoam (whole pieces or peanuts).
- Do not hide unacceptable items in recycling or rubbish: Paint, Styrofoam, etc.
Questions and Answers About the Recycling Program:
Q: Can I get an additional recycling cart and how do I know which ones are mine?
A: Yes, if you fill your recycling cart weekly and you seem to always need more room call the Service Department and request an additional cart. We will drop off one as soon as possible. The Service Department has a database of all cart serial numbers, but please jot down your cart's serial number and keep it with your records. The cart is owned by the City and stays "with the house" you are not to take it with you if you move, or use it for other purposes.
Q: Is there a proper way to put the cart at the curb?
A: Yes, place the metal bar facing the street; there is also an arrow on the cart that shows you which direction it should face in order for the "arm" of the truck to pick it up. As always, you want to keep the cart at least three feet away from your rubbish so the "arm" has room to grab the cart. Please keep the cart away from hydrants, poles, trees or anything that could hinder the "arm" from grabbing the cart.
Q: When do I take the cart out?
A: Take the cart out on your normal rubbish day. Keep in mind, all residents are to place rubbish and recycling out after 5:00pm the night before rubbish day - Ordinance 2009-72 prohibits residents from putting it out earlier. Please have the cart out by 7:00am the day of pickup. Also, please bring the cart (as well as the rubbish cart) back in as soon as possible.
Q: Who is responsible for maintenance if your cart needs repair?
A: The City of Lyndhurst Service Department will repair your cart or exchange it, depending on circumstances and what repairs are warranted.
Q: What if I have more questions?
A: Call the Lyndhurst Service Department at (440) 473-5100 ☎.
Hazardous Household Waste:
Hazardous Household Waste (HHW) can be dropped off at the Service Department during regular office hours 7:00am-3:00pm, Monday through Friday and also during our weekend rubbish program hours 11:30am - 3:30pm, Saturday and Sunday from mid-April through mid-November.
The following are considered (HHW) and should not be put into regular rubbish. These items should be dropped off at the Service Department:
- Paints - latex & oil based in sealed original containers
- Turpentine, paint remover & solvents
- 4' and 8' florescent bulbs
- Please take CFLs (coiled bulbs) to Home Depot or Lowes for recycling
- Propane tanks - drop off at any Blue Rhino location
- Motor oil, kerosene, gasoline & antifreeze
- Household cleaners
Tires are only accepted (off the rim) for one month only, during weekend rubbish hours in late summer/early fall for one month. Please call for an updated time.
Computers can be recycled, please drop them off at the Service Department office during regular working hours, 7:00am-3:00pm, Monday through Friday.